Friday, May 14, 2010

Welcome Paris-ites

We are officially into the first week of our last semester at school. While some of my friends have headed back to Singapore for this period, another group have just arrived from Singapore (via Brazil, Nepal, India, USA, Germany, Lebanon and Israel, among other places). A mini reunion on the train! 
To welcome our friends and to introduce them to their new surroundings, the Paris-ites (those of us who have been here for a few months) organized a few trips into town this week. 
We kicked off Monday with Disco night at Le Queen, a delightful gay club on the Champs Elysees. I've done more clubbing this year than I did in my 31 years before INSEAD. It's been so much, in fact, that I've learned to somewhat enjoy club music. Still, it was really, really nice to enjoy some cheesy disco music and while exchanging stories. And the club serves drinks with anti-rohypnol lids, so you can dance the night away without people splashing cocktails all over you!

By Thursday, we were ready for some more sophisticated entertainment; cabaret night at Les Trois Mallets. In the tiny basement of a little stone building in the 8th, we stuffed 60 of our closest friends for an intimate dinner and some outstanding live entertainment. 
Possibly the first restaurant that I've been to in which dancing on the table after dinner is encouraged (even if it is a little dangerous on account of the low ceilings). We may not be here for a long time, but we certainly are here for a good time.


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